If you live in a desert, you're not likely to have to worry about muskrats, but here in Missouri, there aren't a lot of deserts. Check out these 5 reasons you do not want muskrats on your property and tips for controlling them.
This is a creature that likes to live near ponds, lakes, and other natural bodies of water. If you have a decorative pond, these pests can be a pain. Their tunneling efforts can cause embankments and water barriers to weaken, and flooding to occur. If you're seeing erosion or water seepage, muskrats may be the reason.
Rabies. While muskrats are not considered a major threat for the spread of rabies, they are known to carry the virus. The greatest threat is for a muskrat to bite a dog that doesn't know enough to leave it alone. When a dog gets rabies, it can spread the virus to humans. You can guard against this by making sure your dog is up to date on his rabies vaccinations.
Like other animals, muskrats are able to spread diseases. They can carry tularemia, as well as the kidney-related disease known as Leptospirosis. Humans can get tularemia from drinking contaminated water or by touching infected animal tissue with an open wound.
Muskrats don't just attack animals. They can also attack humans, especially children. Kids spend more time running around outside than adults do, as a general rule. So, if your kids like to be outside instead of playing video games and watching YouTube, let them know that muskrats can be unpredictable and dangerous.
If you have a vegetable garden, muskrats will love you for it. They eat a wide variety of foods but actually prefer vegetables. In your garden, they can cause quite a lot of damage. Putting up a fence can deter these pests from their prize.
Trapping is the most effective way to control muskrats, but trying to trap muskrats can be an exercise in futility if you don't have the education and experience required.
If you're dealing with muskrats on your property, the wildlife specialists here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions are trained in the humane capture and removal of muskrats and other wildlife. We offer a free inspection and continued monitoring throughout your service to ensure your muskrat issue is resolved.
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